Flight Manual: Saab 35 Draken FSX 4.1Updated: 2014-12-22

Model and textures


Interior model

Exterior model

Repaint kit


The 3D model for Draken contains 6 LOD:s with about 70,000 polygons in the highest LOD. It was modeled using original Saab drawings and technical manuals as well as numerous photos, and is reasonably accurate (considering that I am really not a good modeler).

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Fig. 15 -  The J 35J model in 3ds Max

Most textures were hand-painted by me. Photographs were not used for texturing except for the main panel backgrounds, which were pieced together from several photos, and for some of the decals on the wings and tail fin. All photos were either taken by me or contributed freely by friends and supporters.

I have not knowingly put anything into Draken that I do not have the right to use and distribute, but there is always the possibility that I overlooked something. If you find anything in the installation package (or in this manual) that you belive is a copyright violation on my part, please let me know.

Interior model

The 2D (cockpit view) and 3D (Virtual Cockpit, VC) environments both include almost all instruments and controls, and either of them can be used exclusively from engine startup to landing and shutdown. The VC is the recommended view to use, though.

I had to make some compromises in the virtual cockpit to allow for better functionality, such as relocating some panels that otherwise would have been obscured. But the VC is otherwise a fairly realistic rendering of the 35J cockpit.

If you move your eyepoint in the VC you can see some parts of the wings and fuselage. People using headtracking applications such as TrackIR or Freetrack may appreciate this.

The Austrian J-35OE was dropped from the 4.x project at an early stage, as there was no time to develop and support multiple versions of the cockpit. It may be resurrected in future versions - although no promises made.

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Fig. 16 -  Modeling the 35OE interior in Gmax

Exterior model

The exterior models and texture sets in this installation package include four distinguished aircraft from the 10th Swedish Air Force wing (F10) in Ängelholm, Sweden:

Repaint kit

A repaint kit is available as a separate download. It consists of two multi-layered PSD files and three custom fonts for lettering.

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Fig. 21 -  Repaint kit in Adobe Photoshop.

When creating textures with the repaint kit you may find that the texture mapping of the model is not optimal. You are welcome to send me suggestions on how to improve this.

Custom fonts

The three included TrueType fonts can be used for creating lettering in your repaints.

Please note that the EULA also applies to the fonts. You are not allowed to distribute the fonts or use them for commercial purposes without our consent.

FV F1281

Swedish Air Force standard lettering, ca. 1964 (mil standard F1281). Used mainly for division numbers and lettering on the fuselage.

FV Justusson

Modular numerals intended for the large vinyl-film identification numbers on the wings. Named after Sverker Justusson who invented this system in 1977.


A recreation of the numbering used by the Austrian Air Force for the last two flying Draken divisions.

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Fig. 22 -  Custom fonts in Draken FSX paintkit